MILWAUKEE -- With a 17-point lead, Bucks coach Larry Drew intended on bringing his starters back in for a couple of minutes to start the fourth quarter. It didn't take long for his plan to be ripped up and thrown away.
Playing mostly against Charlotte's backups, Milwaukee's starting five played the majority of the fourth quarter and were outscored 33-9 in an 83-76 loss at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
"I really learned a lot about our team," Drew said. "I know we have some guys that are out and we're short-handed in certain areas, but I purposely threw our starters out there early in the fourth quarter.
"They just didn't come in ready to play. They did not come in ready to play. As I told them, we're going to be in that situation again where we do have a lead. We have to learn how to work with a lead. Obviously right now we don't."
Drew sensed the Bucks were flat at the start of the third quarter and burned a timeout less than two minutes in to deliver a stern message to pick i...